Everybody in the Red Brick Building

English 4-8 City Living Anne Wynter & Oge Mora summary Everybody in the Red Brick Building is an adorable story that builds on previous pages with a multitude of onomatopoeia examples when all the residents of the apartment building are woken up one evening. The reader travels from apartment to apartment to see what happens…

Mi Casa is My Home

English & Spanish 4+ Latinx Family Bilingual Books Big Families Confidence Self-Esteem Laurenne Sala & Zara González Hoang summary Mi Casa is My Home is a beautiful celebration of family and spending time with them! Readers are treated to a house tour from Lucía, our narrator who lives with her big family in their casa….

Peace, Love, and Pasta: A Celebration of Family

English All Family Cooking Chosen Family Bilingual Books Turkish summary Pasta, food of the masses. Delightful, buttery, easy to share (sometimes). Diving into Scott Conant’s most recent book Peace, Love, and Pasta (from Abrams Books) made one thing clear: he values family above all else. This got me thinking about all types of family, chosen…

The People Remember

English & Swahili 4+ Black Culture & Identity History Enslavement Forced Migration Empowerment Activism Ibi Zoboi & Loveis Wise summary The People Remember is on an entirely separate plane of existence from other books. It combines the best aspects from different genres and produces a breathtaking experience. Poetry, history, narrative arcs & illustrations that should…

Partly Cloudy

English & Creole MG SEL Family Friendship New Schools Forest Fires Racism Tanita S. Davis Cover Art: Geneva Bowers summary From Tanita S. Davis of Serena Says (which has a melodramatic and lovely narrator) comes Madalyn from Partly Cloudy. Madalyn really loves naps, and I appreciate that personality quirk. She’s moved in with her Great…

Better Together, Cinderella: A Big Sister Fairy Tale

English 2+ Siblings Family SEL Ashley Franklin, Ebony Glenn, & Saba Joshaghani summary Not Quite Snow White is such a sweet story, and now the duo behind it (plus a guest illustrator) has a new release that’s out now! Tameika is now big sister to TWINS! Double the fun, right? Maybe not… Tameika wants to…

Two Books Honoring the Immigration & Refugee Experience

English 5+ Immigration Military Occupation Poetry CW: Violence, gunfire, occupation summary I’ve always lived in the same country, but that’s certainly not everyone’s experience. It’s not even all of my family’s experience. I have two books for you today that pay homage to the international refugee experience. With all of the abominable happenings in Afghanistan,…

Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps

English & Tamil 4+ Dance Gender Stereotypes Intergenerational Stories Family Srividhya Venkat & Kavita Ramchandran summary Ya’ll know gender stereotypes are real high up on my list of things that are the bane of my existence and fuel my ever-burning feminist rage that sits deep inside my soul. Dancing in Thatha’s Footsteps follows Varun and…

Te Haré Tu Propio Libreo/I’ll Build You a Bookcase

English & Spanish All ages Bilingual Books Literacy Family Rhyme Traditions Jean Ciborowski Fahey & Simone Shin summary What better to celebrate National Book Lovers Day than a story that is all about instilling a love of reading? Te Haré Propio Libreo/I’ll Build You a Bookcase released in April, and I think it’s the most…

How Long is Forever?

English 3 years & up Grandparents Philosophy Waiting Blueberry Pie Family Intergenerational Stories Kelly Carey & Qing Zhuang summary Blueberry season, amirite? One of the best fruits, and I’ve been diligently picking from our community garden bushes for snacking, baking, and freezing for baking during the winter. Just like the protagonist in our story, How…